The Wildling

A nonprofit organization

$16,950 raised by 90 donors

100% complete

$15,000 Goal

Jasir Johnson ~ music artist, poet, producer, educator, and Story Coach for The Wildling ~ expresses his unconditional love of Minneapolis in a powerfully written poem. 

What The Wildling is all about...

Listen Up, World! We're changing the way kids share.

The Wildling empowers youth to share bravely from their lived stories in a safe and meaningful way. Since 2018, we've made our mark with hundreds of kids in classrooms, after-school programs, and events throughout the Twin Cities, helping cultivate personal well-being, empathy, resilience, connection, and bold beautiful expression. 

Will you help us continue to provide opportunities for youth voices in every corner of the Twin Cities? Your support allows us to:

  • Offer trainings for educators
  • Produce and provide essential Wildling materials
  • Employ local teaching artists and coaches
  • Expand culturally relevant programming and partnerships
  • Create future workshops and Story Booth opportunities

When you share from your heart, the world leans in and listens.

"Storytelling is as elemental as our own breath; it fills us up and makes us feel seen, but it takes guidance and practice to get there. That is why The Wildling exists—to set young voices free."   

We celebrate all learners. We assure young people they are not alone. In 2022 we: 

  • Partnered with teachers and after-school programs to offer Wildling workshops.
  • Worked with The Children's Theatre and filmmaker Maribeth Romslo to offer a Story Booth capsule, Let's Talk About Race, where youth scan share their personal thoughts and experiences about how race and racism impact their lives. 
  • Wrote and designed an educator guide as a companion to our signature Jambooks!
  • Developed an Educator Hub for our website, where educators and teaching artists can access video samples and resources to support their Wildling programs. 

Please consider making a donation to The Wildling so we can continue to build a strong foundation for our youth and remind them that their stories—and their lives—are important.

Thank you for your support!
Megan, Mekea and The Wildling Team

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